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The health and wellness promotion programs prepare students for a variety of preventive health careers.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 27% over the 2006-2016 decade, which is considered, "much faster than average" when compared to all other occupations.

The state of Illinois indicates a greater than 20% growth rate, and the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics Survey states that jobs for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors are expected to grow at a rate 50% higher than all other occupations in Lake County.

Further, the International Coach Federation PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Study of Coaching found that the average full-time income for Life Coaches is $82,671.00, which exceeds the income for many other health professions.

What is a fitness and wellness professional?

  • Personal Trainer
  • Health and Fitness Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Wellness/Life Coach

What about the scope of practice?

  • Prevention of illness, injury, and disease
  • Enrichment of quality of life and wellness
  • Enhancement of performance

A fitness and wellness professional is

  • An educator
  • A motivator
  • An accountability provider

A fitness and wellness professional is not

  • A physical therapist
  • An athletic trainer
  • A registered dietician
  • A psychologist